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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Reliquary class Sunday April 3

Learn how to make this beautiful reliquary this SUNDAY APRIL 3 Costa Mesa************Piecemakers********************
*******10-4p*****$50 plus $16 kit fee includes lunch*********

call NOW****** 714- 641-3112*********Kits have most everything needed to make these soldered beauties.   I will have frozen charlottes available for sale along with rhinestone chain, knick-knaks, junk jewelry, beveled glass and more.  Bring your soldering equipment.  If you don't have soldering equipment you can pay a studio fee of $6 to use mine.   No experience necessary! email me for more questions:

Monday, March 28, 2011

We're Published!

I thought it high time that I tried to get published in a major magazine so I sent in some pics, description and here they are in the newest Stampington publication "Jewelry Affaire".   What's even more fun is that several of my students/friends are in it too!  Here are some little glimpses of their articles as well as mine but to get the full effect there is nothing like the tangible and visual appeal of having the magazine in your hand.  Available in most book, bead and craft stores.   I know for sure Garden of Beaden just got their copies (get them while you can!)and Irene is going to have a little trunk show for Lisa Loria and I in Upland to celebrate the publication on  Friday April 22 from 4-7???  If you love jewelry you will be pleasantly surprised ....Lots of eye candy and "how to" articles (mine included) will not be disappointed!

 I met JoAnn a few years ago at an art retreat in Arizona that I was teaching (Art Unravelled).  She took a class I taught on altered gift boxes with her sweet sis-in-law Rena.  We hit it off immediately and found out we both lived close to each other in S.California.   We would all meet in between classes and meals and talk and laugh.  It was a great time.   We kept in touch here and there and she put together another private class for me to teach wire wrapping for her and her close friends, this time in California.   I'm not the only person she has taken class with obviously as she combines metalsmithing, resin, etching, soldering and cold connection.    She is a full fledge jewelry and mixed media artist now making beautiful rustic pieces with new and vintage findings along with paper and mixed media art.  Her jewelry can be found in several boutiques around the country.  See more here:  Zowee

LISA LORIA!!!  8...YES 8 page spread!!!!

Any body who has had the pleasure of meeting Lisa will be instantly impressed and drawn in by her light and happy spirit.  She's not only an absolute down to earth sweet heart whom I clicked with immediately, she's also a mom (4 kids! super woman in my book), very creative and multi talented artist and painter,  intelligent, funny, oh and yeah she is so pretty!!  We met at Gilding the Lily 2(?) years ago.   I was teaching a class on a really complicated necklace involving soldering and wire work.  It was obvious Lisa new how to do a lot of jewelry construction because she would finish what ever technique I demo'd before any of the other students and considering there was a huge gap in the other students knowledge, she was very patient to say the least.   Next time I saw her was at Glitterfest as a vendor.   We both were first time vendors and have not stopped since (see post below for info on the next, not to miss Glitterfest).    I took a look at her booth and my draw dropped!  This gal is talented!   Mostly known for her "bling babys"in the mixed media world, Lisa can not be pinned to just one artistic endeavor...she really is multi talented and you never now what she will do next, only that it will be spectacular.   Follow her here:  Lisa Loria

 Rita Reade "Mamma Bella Arte"
Rita Reade.  SUCH a cute little thing(a metaphor for Rita)

I have not had the pleasure to talk with Rita all that much....she moves quickly!  We first met at Glitterfest a few shows back and while I haven't had the pleasure of spending a long span of time with her I feel I know her a little just from her blog and now that I will be vending a show she hosts with Christie Repassy in June, I think we'll get to know each other even more.   I love the jewelry, class projects and wood work she posts on her blog and she always has an amazing over the top booth at Glitterfest.   I can tell she is a very hard worker and look forward to June to hang out more.  Most people know her as Mammabella.   See her artful life here:  mammabella

And here's mine!
You've probably seen these a bazillion times if you visit regularly.  I have tutorials available for $8 on my etsy site.  They are a fantastic addition for your jewelry repertoire!  See my etsy here:


A huge thanks to Jewelry Affaire for publishing me and my pals!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Post Glitterfest & class this Saturday


Well I can't say enough about Glitterfest!  It is THE MOST wonderful show ever and this time there were even more people!  I know!  If you have been to GF it's hard to believe there could have been more people but Sheryl said this was the highest attendance since it's inception.  She has expanded the show outdoors to include the "patio party" with larger ticket items and the weather was perfect!  I sold so many of my new pieces which of course I didn't take pictures of so if you purchase a necklace from me could you send a pic??  Now I wish I had brought my camera but alas, no pictures this time BUT check out some of the other prepared shooters here:

stacey steimle


A big thanks to "KB" for helping me out and my crazy MIL(motherinlaw)!!!

Make sure you can make the next one on OCT.15, 2011.  You WILL be inspired beyond your wildest imagination!

Next up, this Saturday March 26, 2011 at the Garden of Beaden, Upland***10-3p*** $65**** I will be teaching this really cool class on soldering bottles with crystals,  and "rhinestone necklaces".  Sign up here: GOB  ******909-949-7107*******
You won't want to miss this class......I have been teaching every weekend for the last 2 years and I have decided to cut back and do more shows to balance things out!  Take a class while you can!


The Vintage Marketplace *June 3 & 4, 2011*Rainbow Ca.

Known as Chateau de Fleurs "The Vintage Marketplace" is hosted by the dynamic duo Rita Reade and Christie Repassy.  The new location is bigger and in Rainbow Ca., near Fallbrook, 1/2 way between LA and San Diego.  Can't wait!!!


Friday, March 11, 2011


************************IS COMING***************************
***************SATURDAY MARCH 19 2011, 10-4P SANTA ANA CALIFORNIA *************
This is a sneek what I've been working on....................LOTS of new jewelry, paper art and collages.    MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!  EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT IT AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS OUT!!  I'll be in my same booth, towards the back, space 12.  Come say Hi!!

Click HERE for more info